Alleged Apple Store Burglar, From L.A., Behind Bars

Equonne Howard, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary; a BMW used in the heist was smashed.

A 22-year-old Los Angeles man on parole was behind bars Sunday in connection with the drive-in, smash and grab burglary at the store in The Promenade.

Equonne Romon Howard was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of burglary and parole violation.

Howard was being held on a no-bail commit and was ordered to court Monday at the Southwest Justice Center.

The burglary occurred about 5 a.m. Thursday at the store at 40764 Winchester Road, officials said.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald, three suspects got out of a blue BMW SUV and started grabbing items off display shelves; as the three looted, the driver repeatedly rammed the security gate, which had clanked down behind the vehicle as it entered.

They all wore gloves, dark clothing covered their entire bodies and hooded sweatshirts were worn over heads and faces, McDonald said.

A few hours later -- about 9 a.m. -- a sheriff's deputy from the Temecula station spotted a man walking around the mall and stopped him, linked him to the suspect vehicle and took him in on a state parole hold.

Investigators found the BMW allegedly used in the burglary in the area of Ynez and Winchester roads; ; it had sustained severe damage.

No more information on the other suspects was immediately available.

jlrrsantana September 09, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Wrong town to mess with....
JP September 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Just HAD to return to the scene of the crime....glad our police force is on top of it.
James Lyons September 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Glad they caught him. Embarassing spelling of "alleged" in the headline, however.
Chris Gumtz Wayt Crawford September 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Please note, suspect is from LA and not Temecula
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
YES YES YES!!!!! Yesterday reported no new news, and I knew camera's somewhere got something. Great job out to the Sheriff in the mall 4 hours later and getting one in jail, you sneakies for not telling us!! I know, best to keep it all underwraps. Now to get the ones who were with him which should be easy. Once one is caught they squeel like a stuck pig. Funny how my scenerios of how this case was carried out with a stolen car, and the police knowing much more then letting on(as opposed to their statements of we do not have anything at this point, and that point since it happened. Also how I mentioned the use of camera's in and around the store and the mall and even further out would play a large part in identifying the guys) I only mention this because a few of you said "Oh Brenda and her assumptions, presumptions of what happened etc." LOL. I most always hit the nail on the head. Not bragging of course(just hoping those few would be nicer is all) just saying that age and just being around for a while and working certain industries for so long, there isnt much I haven't seen. I am so stoked they got this one dude and applaud the police on keeping everything underwraps and hoping with a state parole violation this guy, if found guilty, will go to the fed pen for a very long time. NO in and out in 3 months, and no bail cause he will run, violate parole/bail again.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM
my 2nd and lost post, trying to stick to "Daves rules". Chris, but, I bet one of the other suspects live in Temecula, or one of the 3 have ties to Temecula. They had to have information for the stolen cars, the 2nd car to put merchandise in when they dumped the first one.
Travis Morgan September 10, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Temecula Valley Computers has Apple and Microsoft certified techs to help while the Apple store is down. :) They even have a $99 full year coverage on software and hardware.
Mike September 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM
As soon as stolen devices are powered they are traceable and will show exact location within 12 feet,... All displays & iPads Phones had iCloud .... Only an idiot would try and steal apple products.
Scott September 10, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Awsome!! Kudos to Temecula police/Sheriff
Popeye September 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
That is why this city is rated the 2nd safest city in America. Thanks Temecula police/Sheriff.
Mr. Temecula September 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
You guys are all crazy; they found the car and implicated a suspicious man walking around the mall at a later date? This information leads you all to believe that they actually caught the right guy/people. Its a sad day for America when people rally behind facts as weak as these. The comments above are sad.
V.W.D.S. September 10, 2012 at 05:24 AM
the Riverside Sheriff's press release states they linked this person as the registered owner of the vehicle used in the robbery. Perhaps they also identified some stolen items on his person.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Surely VWDS, and there is always so much more then is released by the police. There is also two more suspects correct? Which have not been apprehended. But now I find it hard to believe the suspect used his own BMW to crash through the gates of the store, and that just doesnt make sense. Unless he didnt realize it would do so much damage driving it thru the glass and a metal gate. Doh' Mr. T, I hope they have at least one of the right guys. Worse case scenerio they got a guy who had outstanding holds. Heck its ok to get excited and hope that the PD got the guys that did this crime in our City.


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